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Renew Newcastle on Stateline NSW Video

October 10th, 2009 3 Comments

Renew Newcastle as featured on last night’s edition of Stateline, NSW. According to host Quentin Dempster’s intro, Renew Newcastle has “recycled, reinvigorated, revived, revitalised, recreated and reimagnied the city.” I’ll take that! Frankly this was the last thing i did before i got home from my epic adventures in Ireland, UK, Germany, Dubai, Abu Dhabi […]

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Amazing video of the demolition of Newcastle’s BHP Steelworks

September 27th, 2009 7 Comments

Wandering around 798 — the industrial scale arts and cultural district of Beijing — yesterday, my old friend Shannon Bufton asked whatever happened to the former BHP site in Newcastle. Then i happened across this video via facebook today courtesy of Bob Cook who worked at the BHP for many years and is now a […]

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Renew Newcastle on the blogs at Reuters, The Atlantic and the BBC

September 2nd, 2009 No Comments

The discussion just keeps coming… TheĀ  HVRF talk i gave last week has garnered a lot of attention for its analysis and response to the problem of dysfunctional commercial property markets. In the contexts in which i find myself talking about Renew Newcastle the economic issues are rarely discussed or analysed. Given the interest i […]

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TIME is on my side (and WIRED too)

August 29th, 2009 3 Comments

OK, “on my side” is something of an exageration. But Justin Fox, the business and economics columnist for TIME magazine has written a little piece about Renew Newcastle in TIME’s The Curious Capitalist economics blog. I like Justin’s work and have been known to leave the odd comment on his blog at times. His article […]

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Renew Newcastle and TINA

August 28th, 2009 No Comments

Classic TINA program from 2002 – my last year in charge. The 1st-5th of October is the time to be in Newcastle. Renew Newcastle is working up a series of events that will take place over the This Is Not Art Festival weekend. We’ll be running tours, talking about and showing off the project for […]

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Creative Initiative: 2009 Hunter Valley Research Foundation Lecture

August 21st, 2009 11 Comments

Last night i had the honour and the opportunity to deliver one of this year’s Hunter Valley Research Foundation lectures at Newcastle’s City Hall. It’s quite an honour given some of the impressive people who have done it before. Anyhow, in case you missed it (and although there were a few hundred people there most […]

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Newcastle Reflections

August 16th, 2009 No Comments

Renew Newcastle project map I’m spending the weekend in Newcastle for another round of Renew Newcastle project launches. It’s my 21st trip since last April but so much has happened in that time. From a so-crazy-it-just-might-work scheme a year ago now Renew Newcastle is seriously working. We are up to 36 projects now in 24 […]

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Make: Do on Renew Newcastle

April 1st, 2009 1 Comment

A short video on the Renew Newcastle project by Sydney based film maker Jonathon Rodgers. For information of the featured projects see the Renew Newcastle project page.

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The problem of scale

February 23rd, 2009 21 Comments

I am writing this on the train from Sydney to Newcastle on my phone as my laptop is dead and in need of charging… Returning from Newcastle after a very successful launch weekend for the renew Newcastle project, I’ve started to reflect on some of the larger policy questions. In part this is inspired by […]

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The culture of hard times

January 30th, 2009 9 Comments

From my small air conditioned bubble in a sweltering Melbourne the abstract economic gloom of stock shocks and far away corporate collapses is getting less and less abstract with each passing day. Anecdotal reports of jobs drying up, businesses closing, incomes evaporating and people fast becoming un or underemployed are mounting around me. It is […]

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